Sumesh Kureppadathu Raman, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interest

Olefin polymerization using organometallic catalysts.

Selected Publications

  • Ultrarapid Cerium(III)-NHC Catalysts for High Molar Mass Cyclic Polylactide, Ryan W. F. Kerr, Paul M. D. A. Ewing, Sumesh K. Raman, Andrew D. Smith, Charlotte K. Williams and Polly L. Arnold, ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 1563–1569. 
  • Ti(IV)-Trisphenolate Catalyst Systems For the Ring Opening Copolymerization of Cyclohexene Oxide and Carbon Dioxide, Sumesh K. Raman, Arron C. Deacy, Leticia Pena Carrodeguas, Natalia V. Reis, Ryan W.F. Kerr, Andreas Phanopoulos, Sebastian Morton, Matthew G. Davidson, and Charlotte K. Williams, Organometallics, 2020, 39, 1619-1627. 
  • Waste not, want not: CO2 (Re)cycling into Block Polymers, Sumesh K Raman, Robert Raja, Polly L. Arnold, Matthew G. Davidson, Charlotte K. Williams, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 7315-7318. 
  • Mechanistic Aspects of the Polymerization of Lactide Using a Highly Efficient Aluminum(III) Catalytic System, Carine Robert, Thibault E. Schmid, Vincent Richard, Pierre Haquette, Sumesh K. Raman, Marie-Noelle Rager, Régis M. Gauvin, Yohann Morin, Xavier Trivelli, Vincent Guérineau, Iker del Rosal, Laurent Maron, and Christophe M. Thomas, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 6217-6225. 
  • Tandem Catalysis: A new approach to polypeptides and cyclic carbonates, Sumesh K. Raman, Emilie Brulé, Mathieu J.-L. Tschan, and Christophe M. Thomas, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 13773-13776. 


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP) and University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France, 2011-2014.

Professional Profile

  • 2015-2019: Research Associate, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Organometallic chemistry Polymers Synthesis Polymerization